Sat­is­fac­tory Mel con­tent. US, 93 min

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With so many peo­ple hav­ing writ­ten off Mel Gib­son for good, it prob­a­bly mat­ters his new movie is the best thing he’s been near for many a year. Those view­ers open-minded enough to have not ban­ished Mel to hell will be re­warded with a lively, un­con­ven­tional and en­dear­ingly er­ratic ac­tion thriller. Gib­son plays the only Amer­i­can prisoner in a Mex­i­can jail. Not just any jail, mind you. This is Ti­juana’s in­fa­mous El Pue­blito prison, home to the mean­est, mus­ta­chioed ban­di­tos south of the bor­der. In­side this an­ar­chic hive of ac­tiv­ity, Gib­son is free to pro­voke the may­hem de­manded by Get the Gringo’s od­dball story. All ac­tion scenes are con­ducted quite im­pres­sively, with a wild shootout in­side the con­fines of El Pue­blito rank­ing as the ab­so­lute stand­out. So look out, Ja­son Statham. Mel Gib­son just might be af­ter your job.

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